What’s Cool: Rangers Hockey

Here at CitySights New York, we like things that are cool.  We also like things in New York.  So cool things in New York.. They’re the best.

More importantly, our goal is to show you how cool New York really is, whether it’s while riding on one of our famous bus tours, or while reading about it on our blog.  That is why every Friday we bring you ‘What’s Cool’, where we will tell you, well, you guessed it: something that’s pretty cool in New York City.  Get ready for the weekend because here’s what’s cool:

For those of you who know me personally, you shouldn’t be surprised that I’m saying Rangers Hockey is cool this week.  It’s not your typical ‘What’s Cool’ submission, because the Rangers already sell out Madison Square Garden on a nightly basis, and this column is about finding what you may not be familiar with.  But right now, it is impossible not to jump on the coolest bandwagon in the city.

The Rangers have only won 1 Stanley Cup in the past 60+ years, so the fact that they are the best team in the Eastern Conference this year is putting this city on edge.  Right now in Times Square, there is a 21-foot drinking fountain in the shape of Lord Stanley’s Cup.  Entering the postseason (which started in NY yesterday with a 4-2 win over Ottawa) Coach John Tortorella has called out other teams, other coaches and even the league itself.  They might be the top seed, but it’s still “Us vs The World.”

If you can find a way to get to Madison Square Garden for one of their games, take advantage of it because this is going to be a season that New Yorkers remember for years.  If you can’t, this is still going to be a cool 2 months.

Hockey isn’t normally a sport that this city builds itself around, but as we get closer to The Cup, New York will get crazy.  Head out to a sports bar during one of their games because the scene will be electric.  It’s different than Yankees games or even the Giants Super Bowl run because hockey isn’t normally front and center.  Over the next couple of months though, Rangers Hockey will be number one in Manhattan.

If you’re in New York in the near future, don’t turn your back on the Rangers because you’re not into hockey or you don’t want to waste your time watching sports.  When New York City goes on a championship run, which is exactly what this is, this town turns into something special.  And when we’re carrying The Cup down the Canyon of Heroes, makes sure you get there early.

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